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Topic: Cooking or Baking (01/04/07)
TITLE: Microwave or Suzy Homaker Ovens?
By Samuel Johnson
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I always looked forward to the Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting, but tonight I was dragging my feet as I walked up the steps to the middle building on our church campus. I greeted Larry, Ira, Paul and Pete as they stood on the porch talking business. They were some of the local businessmen that ran our church and controlled the finances.
I opened the door and walked down the hallway passing the closed doors of the classrooms. At the end of the hall I could see the rest of our group sitting and talking to each other. They were mostly women and I greeted them politely as I walked over to the corner and shook Mr. Bill’s hand taking the seat next to him.
I had come to the prayer meeting with a mixture of dread and anticipated excitement tonight because I had been asked to give the Bible study this week. Oh, I was prepared and had spent the week studying the topic and praying on it throughout the week, but having been a drug addict and street person for 45 years had pretty well defeated my ego and I was not a talkative person. The reason that I came to Bible study in the first place was to learn how to pray in public after being asked by the pastor to close us out in prayer at the end of one Sunday’s service.
I opened my Bible and continued studying my notes for the Bible study while praying silently to God to take control of this situation. I had been saved for three years now and attending the same church that I had been saved and baptized at. This was my family and friends, why should I be afraid to speak in front of such a small group. I knew that the topic I had chosen was not a popular one with this group, but it was what God had given me and I had to be obedient.
When the opening prayers were finished I said, “Tonight Bible study lesson is going to be on Revelation 7:13-17, when you have found the passage please stand for the reading of God’s Word.”
Mr. Bill reached over and touched my arm and said, “Now Sam you know that we don’t need to study the Book of Revelation since we’re going to be raptured out of here before any of that happens. It’s all gloom and doom,” and then he looked around the room as he continued with a smile on his face, “the only thing that I want to know is what my mansion is going to be furnished with. I’m looking forward to that special recliner that I’ve always dreamt about.”
The group stood for the reading of the Word as they laughed and chatted amongst themselves about God’s provisions in heaven as being favorite fishing holes, beauty parlors for free, libraries, etc. etc. These fools, I thought to myself, they are so engrossed in the physical that they have no idea of what heaven is about. They probably won’t be the ones dressed in white robes and they probably won’t be the ones standing before the throne of God praising and serving Him day and night.
At one of our Bible studies Pete had spoken about how we as Christians were like the frozen packaged meals that we buy. Our Spirituality comes to us either through the conventional oven or the microwave oven like these meals. I had made the remark, being the wise guy that I am, “I feel like I must be in the Suzy Homemaker oven.”
After reading the scripture, I said, “Where are we today as Christians? Are we cooking in the Suzy Homemaker oven or are we baking in the conventional oven? If we have to go through the great tribulation that God’s Word speaks of here, then we had better start doing our cooking or baking in the fastest microwave oven that we can find.”
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